8 July 2018

WELCOME TO AYR: ST. COLUMBA CHURCH: For 116 years this building has stood at the heart of this part of our ancient Royal Burgh. It has witnessed wars, been favoured by a Royal visitor, welcomed holidaymakers, and been served by illustrious ministers, devoted musicians and dedicated members. Throughout these years, in anxious and sad times, in days of celebration and rejoicing, this Church has served the people as a place of sanctity, stability, and continuity. Today, in a society where the things of faith are often neglected, we strive to maintain an inclusive Christian presence, seeking ever to enhance the lives of everyone who comes into contact with us, and to reach out in mercy and compassion to a deeply troubled world. Here we explore and are not afraid to fail; here we are encouraged to ask questions; here we try to be a safe place for all ages. If you are here for the first time today, we pray that you will know something of God’s love in Jesus Christ, and that you will go home feeling inspired, strengthened, challenged and comforted.
AT THE DOORS TO WELCOME YOU TODAY: Team 8: Mr. Stuart Reid, Mrs. Dorothy Bone,
Mrs. Linda Sharp, Mrs. Shona Frew, Mr. Jim Brown, Mrs. Jessie Davidson, Mrs. Sheena Stewart, Mr. Peter T. MacDonald, Mrs. Fiona Boyd, Mrs. Maureen Fullerton, Mrs. Larraine Christian and Mr. John Ballantyne
MINISTRY OF FLOWERS: The flowers, which adorn the Sanctuary this week, have been given to the Glory of God by Mr. and Mrs. Peter MacDonald, Miss Phyllis Thornton and Mr. Fraser Walker
Sunday 15th July 2018
9.30 am Family Worship Duty Team: 9 Sound: Mr. Keith Fullerton
10.00 am St. Columba Kids on Holiday!
11.15am Morning Worship Sacrament of Baptism Sound: Mr. Jim Brown

THE MINISTER is covering pastoral duties for Alloway Church from 2nd to 15th July.

20’s IN THE PEWS: total collected in June £92.18. The Kirk Session has decided to donate funds raised this year to support the work of ACE (Racerunning) Disability Recreation and Sport, Ayr.
LIFE & WORK: Pre-ordered copies of the July edition are available for uplifting at the main door of the Church. There are extra copies available at both doors priced £2.50
HOLIDAY CLUB: the Team are excited to bring you a fantastic Holiday Club – “Seaside Rock”! From Monday 6th – 10th August; Time: 1pm – 3pm. URGENT help REQUIRED: we need a team of people willing to deliver leaflets round the parish – if you are able to help please contact Irene or Stuart (stuartmckinlay@aol.com). Also urgently require volunteers to help during the week.
CHRISTIAN AID: Sincere thanks for your very generous donations made to this year’s Christian Aid appeal. The wonderful sum of £1594.50 was raised, which will go a long way to helping many people much less fortunate than we are.
SUMMER OASIS: The Summer drop in café is open to everyone – please bring a friend! Meeting every Thursday 10.30 – 12.00 in the Struthers’ Room, this is a place to relax, a place to chat!
FOOD BANK: The items most needed this week are – tinned custard, coffee, small bottles of diluting juice, tinned rice, potatoes, mince/stew/cold meat and tomatoes, and UHT milk
Please remember a few extra items when you shop.
CLOTHES BANK: the schools are barely closed and already the shelves are full of school uniform for next session. SOUTH AYRSHIRE CLOTHES BANK is a charity that provides school uniforms for children who would otherwise have none. Uniform is essential as part of a child’s inclusion in the school community. Every child deserves to feel included. You can help – there are leaflets in the Carrick Park vestibule with lots of information OR you can leave donations; items of uniform; jackets; PE kit; school stationery and schoolbags with the Office. All ages need to be catered for from 5 – 15 years. Please help! Thank you to all who have already responded.
LIBRARY NEWS – A new book which is ideal for summer reading is now in the library – The International Bestseller “ANAM CARA”- spiritual wisdom from the Celtic World – by John O’Donohue. It is full of helpful ideas and insights and ideal for “dipping into” on your holiday! Muriel (librarian)

THE BIGGART HOSPITAL: Mrs. Betty Davidson (Urquhart) and Mr. Norman Peterson (Urquhart)
QUEEN ELIZABETH HOSPITAL, GLASGOW: Mrs. Marlene Hamilton (Spinal Unit)

CONGRATULATIONS! to Innes Reid who was presented with his Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award by the Earl of Essex at Holyrood this past week.